Cultural Facility In Karratha Mimics Signature Hills With Stunning Terracotta Alucobond Fa?ade

In the heart of Karratha in Western Australia

sits the new?Red Earth Arts Precinct

a cultural epicenter for the community at large

The colossal center was designed to emulate

the surrounding Karratha hills with an textured exterior fa?ade

The architects describe

“The primary external cladding material utilizes a prefinished metal sheet

with a unique textured finish, a first for an Australian building.”


The arts and culture center features a over 450 seat theater, rooftop cinema,

outdoor amphitheater, gallery and public historical library.

?The exterior fa?ade, fabricated by?DENMAC,

features a variety of Alucobond Plus aluminum composite finishes.

Most impressively is the use of Alucobond’s newest Terra series in the finish Terracotta.

The finish mimics the look of real terracotta,

without the weight and heightened durability to withstand the excessive wind load the area ensures.



Undulating with the natural fluidity of its surroundings.

The precinct hopes to provide a space for creatives to experience art

and culture mostly available in larger metropolitan areas.



The fabricators at DENMAC explain,

“The highly visible fa?ade creates a unique statement for visitors entering the town of Karratha.”


“We provided the design, supply, fabrication and construction of the fa?ade

incorporating the external cladding and roofing package

with the design intent of creating a building

which will withstand a ‘one in a hundred year’ Category 5 cyclone.”

The construction of a building with the potential of such high wind loads was challenging.


The team conceived, designed and engineered a cost effective sub-structure to complement the main steel structure to deal with significant wind loads and pressures and to support the predominant finished final product of textured Alucobond aluminum composite panels reflecting the Karratha Hills. The complex interfaces between the structure, roof and fa?ade, coupled with the fact that works were undertaken in a cyclone region, made this an extremely challenging project.

This dynamic fa?ade not only provides a destination, it puts the city of Karratha on the map.